Category: Opinion

Surge in violence merits response

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Are North Carolinians safer today than they were a decade ago? That depends on how you define the term “safe.” The overall crime rate, defined as the total number of reported crimes divided by…

Dollar Tree loses its 35 year battle with inflation

By Peter Jacobsen Inflation has ruined one of my go-to examples for my macroeconomics students. Whenever I discuss inflation with my students, I test their understanding of economics by highlighting the puzzle of the Dollar Tree, an American retail chain that…

Is college football the death knell for COVID hysteria?

By Ray Nothstine Raleigh, NC – Like everything else in society, college football can speak to our hyper-politicized culture. And no, I’m not talking about the vulgar chants directed at Joe Biden spreading across college stadiums. I’m talking about the…

President Biden’s mandate goes too far

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I was persuaded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk. Over the subsequent months, the case for…

One on One: A great teacher teaches on

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – When Julian Pleasants died September 7 North Carolina lost one of its most important academic and popular historians. Pleasants grew up in Southern Pines, graduated from Davidson College, and earned masters and doctoral…